#1445: So They're Visible

Apr 8, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we speak with the author of a book of voices from the illegal abortion era. Two kids from Syria talk about their country at war and we bring you an essay called “Invisible.”  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Back Rooms: Voices from the Illegal Abortion Era” has been republished. It’s the book’s fourth publication and Kingston, New York-based Ellen Messer is the author. The latest edition of the book is available at JMB Publications, at www.joannemichaels.com.

The Syrian war marked a grim anniversary in March when the conflict entered its seventh year. That's enough time for a generation of children to grow up knowing no other Syria than the one at war. UNICEF issued a report on this anniversary saying the suffering of children they recorded in Syria reached unprecedented levels in 2016. More than 650 were killed, and nearly the same number injured. We're about to hear from two children whose country has been at war for most of their lives.

We’d like to thank Deutsche Welle Radio’s WorldLink program for providing content for this segment, which was produced by Samantha Early, Neil King and Carsten Kühntopp.

And now we close our show with an essay from writer Dr. Jeri Burns.

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer, and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. You can find her at www.storycrafters.com. She also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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